Eight Statements I Believe About Students
Jeff Shelke 000194257 EDUC 250-C Greg Joslin Red Deer College
1. All students want to have fun in the classroom Personal Reflection: Children evaluate their teachers according to how much fun they have with their students in the classroom. My children all do this. My kids favorite teachers are always the ones who throw the best parties, are not constantly yelling, and participate in games and activities.
2. Students learn effectively in many different ways
Reflection: I have three children that all learn best in different ways. My oldest is an auditory learner, my middle child is kinesthetic, and my youngest is a visual learner.
Research: “Interactive lessons, activities, and learning games are great tools to stimulate learning and ratchet up enjoyment. The best way to have more fun is . . . well . . . to have more fun.”
Teacher/Classroom Implications: 1) Creating a relaxed and light atmosphere for the students will result in a happy and healthy learning environment 2) Students will look forward to coming to school each day. 3) Will develop a positive view of your classroom.
Research “There are three main learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.”
Teacher/Classroom Implications: 1) Diversity in the classroom will assure that each students needs are met. 2) Teachers must think outside the box to keep students active and engaged. 3) Diverse teaching will facilitate growth in everyone.
3. All students want some structure and routine
Research: “The number on problem in the classroom is not discipline; it is the lack of procedures and routines – a classroom management plan.”
Reflection: Classroom structure & management oftentimes takes a hit when a substitute is filling in for the day. I always dreaded the days when my homeroom teacher was away.
4. Manipulatives are a great learning tool for all students
1) Familiarizing students with classroom procedures benefits both teacher & student. 2) Students do not want chaos in the classroom either. 3) Learning is more effective and efficient when everyone is on the same page.
Research: “the most valuable learning occurs when students actively construct their own mathematical understanding, which is often accomplished through the use of manipulatives.”
Teacher/Classroom Implications: Reflection: My children have created with play dough while their teachers have read a story and used candy for counting in math. Kids love this!
1) Tangible objects will keep students interest in activities. 2) Material objects will keep children engaged. 3) A large number of children are kinesthetic learners. Manipulatives will appeal to their preferred learning style.
5. All students have strengths and weaknesses
Reflection: My academic strength is my writing abilities, and my weakness is definitely my computer skills.
6. All students will benefit from learning at home
Reflection: Parents are not teaching their children anymore. I know 4 year old children that struggle to do a simple peg puzzle, but they know how to play games on moms’ I-phone.
Research: “Making your expectations explicit, highlighting the most important information in the course, and varying your presentation will benefit all your students.”
Teacher/Classroom Implications: 1) It is our duty as teachers to enhance our student’s strengths & work with them to improve upon their weaknesses. 2) As teachers, we must be willing to put in the necessary time in order to discover the strengths & weaknesses of students. 3) We must be sensitive to individual needs.
Research: “insuring that education begins at home increases the likelihood that it will generalize to the school setting and beyond.”
Teacher/Classroom Implications 1) Strong foundation 2) Students will reach full potential if everyone is involved 3) Support for teacher
7. All students could benefit from more fine arts in the classroom
Research: “Canadian research affirms that spending time in the arts does not come at the expense of achievement in other subjects, but improves estimation and computation skills and enhances student engagement in school learning overall”.
Teacher/Classroom Implications: Reflection: My children attend an elementary school with a fine arts focus. There is a music, drama, and art specialist. My children have become confident and assertive. I believe that the foundation for this comes from a focus on the arts. My daughter is not strong in her core subjects, but excels in the arts.
8. I believe all students need to be challenged individually
1) A focus on the arts promotes creativity and confidence. 2) Students will develop a “stage presence” from speaking and performing in front of peers . 3) Gives students like my daughter an area to excel in and be proud of.
Research: “We need to figure out a way to challenge kids, not just move them along because they’re at grade level.”
Reflection: My two boys are high achievers in their academics and my daughter needs extra help with her math. Each child needs to be challenged in different ways.
1) Extra projects/work may be needed for higher achieving students. 2) Extra teaching may be needed for struggling students. 3) Manipulatives can be used to aid or enhance learning.
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